8 signs your child is experiencing daycare abuse or neglect
It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. That dreaded phone call saying your child has been injured. This terrifying turn of events has actually happened to many parents in Texas and across the nation.
About 40 percent of children under five spend at least part of their week in the care of somebody other than a parent.The facilities we trust our children to, such as daycares, after-school programs and camps, aren’t providing the quality of care they are required to, and children are being hurt because of this negligence.
Daycare workers are responsible for the care of all the children in their charge. When they fail to maintain a reasonable level of care, they are acting negligently and can be held legally liable for their actions. If your child has suffered harm at the hands of a child care employee, whether it be physical abuse, sexual abuse, verbal abuse or child neglect, we may be able to help you fight for the justice you and your children so rightly deserve.
Signs Of Daycare Abuse and Neglect To Watch Out For
Daycare abuse can easily go unnoticed, which is why knowing exactly what to look for can help you to identify a problem early on before it’s too late.
• Your child is always hungry or thirsty when they arrive home.
• Your child has recurring nightmares.
• Your child regresses to infantile behavior or clinging.
• Your child is sent home with a soiled diaper, or has long-lasting diaper rashes.
• Your child has unexplained bruises, scratches or other injuries.
• Your child starts acting out in social situations.
• Your child begins to have an unusual interest in sexual behaviors.
• Your child develops a fear of certain places, people, or activities; an excessive fear of going to daycare.
If your child is still a baby look for signs of shaken baby syndrome (SBS) including:
• Your baby has glassy eyes.
• Your baby appears rigid.
• Your baby appears lethargic.
• Your baby has loss of appetite.
• Your baby starts vomiting.
• Your baby has started crying frequently.
• Your baby is unable to focus on an object.
• Your baby started having seizures.
Signs of an Irresponsible Daycare Worker
It is hard to leave your child under the care of someone who you don’t personally know very well. Since appearance alone cannot discern whether a daycare worker is “good” or “bad”, it will be helpful to have an understanding on behavioral cues that may give signs of a bad caregiver.
• Your child is quiet and withdrawn around a specific person.
• Your child often states how scared they are of a particular daycare worker.
• The caregiver always has an excuse as to why things are not running as they should.
• When you visit, the daycare worker is always on the computer or smartphone.
• Your child frequently comes home with soiled clothes.
• The caregiver has a bad attitude, a short temper, or appears unhappy while at work.
How To Choose The Right Facility For Your Child
Parents should adhere to these tips to ensure that their children are being placed in a safe and secure learning environment.
Make sure that the daycare center is designed so that parents are free to come and go, with no requirements to call first and no areas off limits to parents.
Make sure that the bathrooms do not contain areas where children can be isolated. Find out who takes the children to the bathroom, for what purposes, and at what times. Two-thirds of all daycare sexual abuse and exploitation occurs during toileting.
Ask about the extent of education and training of all daycare personnel interacting with your children, and determine if they were screened for criminal history, emotional instability, or substance abuse. Be aware that volunteers or teacher’s aides are not likely to have been carefully screened. Abuse in daycare can result from a failure in the hiring process.
Find out who will be interacting with your children in addition to the daycare provider and staff. Much of the sexual and physical abuse and exploitation associated with childcare centers occurs at the hands of individuals not directly involved in teaching or child-care responsibilities: bus drivers, janitors, and relatives of the daycare center providers. In 36% of cases examined by a nationwide study of daycare abuse, children were sexually molested by family members related to the staff — mainly husbands or sons. Make sure that your child’s contact with such persons is limited, and question your child closely about them.
Discuss in depth with the daycare provider how the discipline of children is handled — who administers it, under what circumstances it is used, and what form it takes. Make sure to talk to your children each day about what happens at the daycare center, paying close attention to what punishments were used under what circumstances and any other incidents that made the child uncomfortable.
What The Carlson Law Firm Can Do To Help
If you believe your child is being harmed at his or her daycare center, after-school program, camp or any other child care facility, please don’t hesitate to contact our team of experienced daycare abuse attorneys at The Carlson Law Firm. We are available to speak with you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We care, we can help.
Files from daycareabuse.com, familyeducation.com